Welcome from Producing Artistic Director Terri Kent | Porthouse Theatre | Kent State University

Welcome from Producing Artistic Director Terri Kent

2019 is a season where Dreams Come True!

Dear Friends,

Thank you for sharing in the celebration of Porthouse Theatre’s 50th Anniversary! I want to start off the next 50 years with a season that will fulfill all your dreams!  With that in mind, I am happy to announce a season where Dreams Come True.

The first show of the season is MAN OF LA MANCHA and we invite you to “Dream the Impossible Dream”.  Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ seventeenth-century masterpiece Don Quixote, MAN OF LA MANCHA is one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. Powerful, brutal, hilarious, and heartbreaking, MAN OF LA MANCHA celebrates the perseverance of a dying old man who refuses to relinquish his ideals or his passion. The celebrated score includes The Impossible Dream, I Don Quixote, Dulcinea, I Really Like Him, Little Bird, and To Each His Dulcinea.

Next up, and just in time for the 4th of July, is a show that celebrates the American Dream. TINTYPES is a tune-filled panorama; a musical melting pot; the Great American Songbook come to life. It offers snapshots – tintypes, if you will – of America in its last Age of Innocence. The story of these changing times is narrated by five characters who represent historical figures from the period.  The score, featuring works by George M. Cohan, John Philip Sousa, Joseph E. Howard, Scott Joplin, and Victor Herbert, among others, is a blend of the patriotic songs, romantic tunes, and ragtime popular during the era, including The Yankee Doodle Boy, Stars and Stripes Forever, American the Beautiful, Shortin’ Bread, Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey, and You’re a Grand Old Flag.

The final show of the season is THE MUSIC MAN.  By turns wicked, funny warm, romantic, and touching, THE MUSIC MAN is family entertainment at its best! Harold Hill is the fast-talking traveling salesman, who cons the people of River City into buying instruments and uniforms for a boy’s band that he vows to organize—this, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef.  His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for the girl of his dreams,  Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.  The score features memorable tunes such as Goodnight My Someone, Seventy Six Trombones, Goodnight Ladies, Lida Rose, and Till There Was You.

As the weather turns cold, I dream of spending another summer with all of you!  Thank you for your continued patronage and for being the kind of subscribers that make all my dreams come true!

Terri Kent

Producing Artistic Director